The American Census: A Social History, Second Edition

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Yale University Press, Aug 25, 2015 - History - 344 pages
This book is the first social history of the census from its origins to the present and has become the standard history of the population census in the United States. The second edition has been updated to trace census developments since 1980, including the undercount controversies, the arrival of the American Community Survey, and innovations of the digital age. Margo J. Anderson’s scholarly text effectively bridges the fields of history and public policy, demonstrating how the census both reflects the country’s extraordinary demographic character and constitutes an influential tool for policy making. Her book is essential reading for all those who use census data, historical or current, in their studies or work.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Apportionment Congress and the Progress of the United States
7
CHAPTER 2 Sectional Crisis and Census Reform in the 1850s
40
War and Reconstruction by the Numbers
64
CHAPTER 4 The Census and Industrial America in the Gilded Age
86
CHAPTER 5 Building the Federal Statistical System in the Early Twentieth Century
115
National Origins Malapportionment and Cheating by the Numbers
133
CHAPTER 7 Counting the Unemployed and the Crisis of the Great Depression
156
CHAPTER 11 The Undercount Controversies Continue
239
CHAPTER 12 The Census and the American Community Survey
251
Conclusion
266
Appendix 1 US Population and Area 17902010
273
Appendix 2 Growth and Cost of the Decennial Census 17902010
274
Appendix 3 Congressional Apportionment 17892010
276
Appendix 4 Chronology of the States of the Union
280
Notes
283

Statistics for the American Century
185
CHAPTER 9 Reapportionment Funds Allocations and the Census
209
CHAPTER 10 Census Undercount and the Politics of Counting 19701980
224

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